Bucs contemplating foreign spot
Posted: 22 August 2018 Time: 15:34
Orlando Pirates are currently considering their options before filling their final foreign spot for the first half of the 2018/19 season, as a Brazilian duo lie in wait.
Pirates have been assessing Brazilian defender Caio Marcelo as well as a goalkeeper during the recent pre-season, with head coach Milutin Sredojevic having refused to make pronouncements on the outcome thereof in recent weeks.
Marcelo, 19, featured and apparently impressed in all the Buccaneers’ friendlies in Zambia, including against Congolese giants TP Mazembe.
However, ‘Micho’ has remained mum on whether the club could sign the left-footed centre-back or the shot-stopper, referring any confirmation to their ‘official channels’.
According to Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele, a final decision is yet to be made by the club as they only have one remaining spot within their quota for foreign registrations.
“I think there are a number of permutations that we are looking at, and that’s facilitated by the fact that there’s just one foreign space that’s left,” Mbele tells KickOff.com.
“So we need to be absolutely sure what we’re going to do with that foreign space. There are a number of considerations we have to make, not just about them [Brazilian duo] but about the last foreign slot.
“The next couple of days [before the transfer window closes] will be crucial for us to zero in on what we’ll be doing with that one space.”
Pirates currently have Zimbabwean pair Marshall Munetsi and Kudakwashe Mahachi, as well as Zambians Justin Shonga and Augustine Mulenga occupying their five foreign spots.
At this stage, it would seem unlikely that the Brazilian goalkeeper could make the cut, given the foreign limitations and the presence of four top keepers already on the club's books.
However, Marcelo could well make the cut as Sredojevic looks to finalise his squad before the transfer window closes on August 31.